Alcohol and the Adolescent Brain: Human Studies

About the Course:

Alcohol and the Adolescent Brain reviews research on the impact of alcohol on the brains of young adults. This article discusses several areas of brain function and development that appear to be affected and describes the extent of the harm observed as well as the factors that appear to moderate alcohol’s effects.

Journal/Publisher:

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Publication Date:

2004/2005

Authors

Susan F. Tapert; Lisa Caldwell; Christina Burke

About the Authors:

Susan F. Tapert, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California and program director of the Substance Abuse Mental Illness Program in San Diego, California.

Lisa Caldwell is a research assistant at the Veterans Medical Research Foundation in San Diego, California.

Christina Burke, M.A., is a senior research assistant in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego and at the Veterans Medical Research Foundation in San Diego, California.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about alcohol and the adolescent brain. It is appropriate for introductory to intermediate levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the effects of alcohol on neuropsychological performance.

  2. Explain the effects of alcohol on the brain structure.

  3. Identify the effects of alcohol on physiologic brain functioning.

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